Research says that the richer a person is, the more carbon they emit. So, accordingly, children and teenagers today will be among the first to witness the worst effects of climate change, because the world is growing and the human population becomes increasingly wealthy.
As people from developing countries become wealthier, it’s likely that they will emit more caron and warm the planet further.
Government around the world must unite and do something to combat it, and I believe we can all agree on that. However, as of now, teenagers around the world are making a statement to governments: take climate change seriously or we will stop having kids.
Emma Lim is an 18-year-old student at McGill University in Montreal who recently launched an initiative called #NoFutureNoChildren.
She already has more than 3,000 teenagers and young adults pledging to hold off from having kids until governments around the world unite and take action.
This is what Lim writes about the reason she has started the campaign on her website:
Lim has since told Insider that she first became disenfranchised with the government after she watched the Ontario Legislative Assembly’s climate debate in May.
She said that she has always wanted to be a mom, for as long as she can remember, but she will not bring a child into a world where they will be safe. She would like to see the government develop a comprehensive plan to stay below 1.5C degrees of warming.
She launched the pledge because she wanted other people to understand how the fear of climate is so unquestioned in her generation. In reality, it’s something that everybody feels for young people, where in her parent’s or grandparent’s generation, climate change is often a matter of opinion and not survival.
She launched the movement on Parliament Hill in Ottawa on Monday, and more than 3,000 have signed up for the pledge already.